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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "BG Group Plc" <>
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:06:46 +0100
Subject: Important Mail from BG Group plc

BG Group Plc
Thames Valley Park,
United Kingdom

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is with trust and confidence that I write this urgent business assistanc=
e to you. I am a principal staff with Oil & Gas Company {BG GROUP} in Unite=
d Kingdom .I have been assigned by two of my colleagues to seek for a trust=
worthy foreign partner who will assist us in the transfer of the sum of GB=
P12,000,000.00(Twelve Million Pounds) only into a safe foreign account pend=
ing on our arrival in your country for sharing and utilization of the fund =
with the owner of the account.

On the 20th of January 2014 our corporation, the British gas PLC (BG GROUP)=
, awarded a contract of gbp168, 000, 000, 00 (one hundred and sixty eight m=
illion pounds) only, to a foreign firm for the supply of some equipment val=
ued gbp156, 000, 000, 00 (one hundred and fifty six million pounds) only. B=
ut I and my colleagues being members of the contract awarding committee ove=
r-inflated the contract to the tune ofgbp168,000,000.00 (one hundred and s=
ixty eight million pounds) only, with the intention of sharing the remainin=
g balance 12,000,000.00(Twelve million pounds) only among ourselves.

The contract has been successfully executed and the actual contractors had =
been paid theirgbp156,000,000.00 (one hundred and fifty six million pounds)=
in full leaving a balance of gbp12,000,000.00 which we now want to transfe=
r out of the country in our favor for disbursement among ourselves. Meanwhi=
le I and two of my colleagues have agreed that if you/your company can act =
as the beneficiary of this fund, you will retain 30% of the total fund, for=
the assistance rendered, while we would retain 60% of the total and the ba=
lance of 10% of the total fund will be set aside for the off-setting of all=
expenses that might be incurred by both parties during the fund transfer p=
rocess. We are requesting you to co-operate with us and provide a convenie=
nt account number in a designated bank where this fund can be safely transf=
erred; we intend to come over there on the completion of the fund transfer =
to secure our own share of the fund.

Please, note that we have been careful and have worked out all the modaliti=
es for a smooth transfer of this fund to your chosen designated account bef=
ore contacting you .We would therefore not want you to expose this proposal=
to any body for the purpose of security and its confidential nature. Pleas=
e be rest assured that this transaction is %100 risk-free. If this proposal=
is acceptable by you,please contact me through my personal E-mail address =
for further information on this transaction. Note that the particular natur=
e of your company business is irrelevant to this transaction.Note that you=
r favorable reply is urgently needed. This information is highly confidenti=
al and urgent.

Best regards
Steven Buck
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director.BG Group Plc

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